Are you considering relocating to Boise, Idaho but aren’t sure if it’s the right place for you? We can help!
Let us introduce you to Boise, where natural beauty abounds in this burgeoning Southwestern Idaho city.
CITIES AND METRO AREA
Boise is a state capital city situated on the Boise River with rolling foothills serving as the backdrop to a small but thriving city. With a population of just over 650, 000 in the entire metro area, which includes Boise as well as surrounding communities of Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Star, Middleton, Nampa, and Caldwell, there is literally something for everyone. Idahoans enjoy over 200 days of sunshine, and less than 11.7 inches of rainfall each year. The city and bordering areas offer diverse neighborhoods, a growing cultural scene, year-round outdoor activities and a varied economic base, the possibilities are endless.
With the question often asked, ‘why should I move to Boise?’ the answer is loaded with statistics and factors that are both tangible and intangible.
While there are a multitude of reasons why people are moving to the Boise area among them are the low crime rates, visit www.neighborhoodscout.com to view the stats on the neighborhoods that you are interested in. Boise and surrounding areas come in low on major crimes ratings.
There are four distinct seasons with little or no humidity the climate in the Boise area offers arid summer temperatures typically hovering between 80 and 100 degrees. The winters tend to be chilly, but relatively mild compared to some neighboring states through the winter temperatures will plummet to the low teens or single digits. Fall and Spring land somewhere in between with brisk mornings and blue skies but by midday the temperature might hit the mid to upper 70’s.
If you are looking for employment options when looking into moving to the Treasure Valley, there are several major employers to consider. The top ten employers in the area are St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Micron Technology, West Ada School District, Boise School District, Boise State University, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Centers, Wal-Mart, City of Boise, Hewlett Packard, and J.R. Simplot Company. There are also many positions at banks, other school districts, grocery stores, landscaping and construction that are in high demand as well.
The Boise area has several education options whether you have kids in school or you are furthering your education. Known for being a college town, the area offers Boise State University, College of Western Idaho, Boise Bible College, Northwest Nazarene University, Brown Mackie College, and Stevens-Henagar College. Depending on which school district you end up in, there are options like technical schools and arts-focused schools for example. Many of the high schools have programs that allow students to complete an associate’s degree concurrently with their high school education. For more information, go to schooldigger.com to check out the rankings of the schools you are interested in.
COST OF LIVING
While the cost of living is just above the national average, living in Boise is still highly affordable. The median home prices average around $228,000 for the area and a low state unemployment rate of 3.1%, average salary of $51,000 and as a bonus, the commute time is usually under 25 minutes. The desirability in this small town is on the rise as bigger cities around the United States are experiencing increases in population making the demand high for housing and jobs which places a strain on the availability and affordability in those cities. Those demands are pushing people out of the bigger metropolises to smaller cities like Boise.
There are also the intangible things that people who live here as well as those who visit find appealing. These are the things you just can’t put into a statistic; a strong sense of community, some of the nicest and most genuine people you will ever meet, and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the beautiful sunsets.
According to US News, Boise ranks 12 on their list for the best places to live in the United States for 2017. A rank well-earned according to their criteria which is partially based on job availability, quality of life and overall desirability to live in Boise.
While housing and jobs are almost always at the top of the list, goods, services, and activities come into question as well. The Boise area is literally a playground to those who are outdoor enthusiasts with mountains, lakes, rivers, canyons, and desserts, the offerings are bountiful. Where else would you be able to go world class skiing in the morning at Bogus Basin, about a 45-minute drive out of town, then hit the driving range in the afternoon, rounding out the day with hand-crafted cocktails or a locally sourced dinner at one of the downtown hot spots?
There are many activities that can be enjoyed right in town. Take a hike to Table Rock which offers a breathtaking view sweeping the entire city and surrounding valleys. Walk along the river on trails and paths especially designed for families to enjoy. There are many parks such as one of the city’s newest, the Esther Simplot which offers 55 acres of activities including trails to walk or bike, docks for fishing, wetlands, boardwalks, shelters for picnics, grassy open areas to roam, and a playground for the kids. In the heart of the city at Julia Davis Park, you can rent paddle boats, go for a bike ride on the many paths, or see what’s new at the Boise Zoo.
Two malls and downtown shopping and all the major box stores, there is never a shortage of shopping options. Major clothing and home retailers such as Dillard’s, Macy’s, H&M, Anthropologie, West Elm, Pier One, Cost Plus and Z-Gallerie have set up shop in Boise. Popular grocery shopping options like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, the Boise Co-Op, Natural Grocers, Wal-Mart, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer Stores are in residence too.
For those searching for more than outdoor adventures, Boise offers a healthy culture scene. Try the opera or the outdoor Shakespeare festival series during the summer months. Browse the Boise Art Museum or explore the many galleries in town. Check out a Ballet Idaho performance or try a concert under the stars at the Idaho Botanical Gardens.
For sports fans, buy a season pass to Boise State Broncos football, but don’t forget to show your support for your hometown team, wear orange and blue. Another area favorite is the Idaho Steelheads, Boise’s own professional minor league ice hockey team.
The area is not just for the youth, Boise offers retirees goods, services, activities and over 55 communities options. There are world-class hospitals and health systems such as Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s, which offer multiple medical office locations and urgent care facilities in the Boise area and throughout the state. Boise made the top 25 list on Forbes Best Places to Retire in the US coming in at #5. Some of the factors considered were having a high Milken Institute rating for successful aging, no state taxation on social security and no estate or inheritance tax. Pair all of that with affordable retirement communities and overall quality of life, no wonder Boise is ranked so high for agreeable retirement conditions.
Lastly, for those would like to explore the gem state, so named for Idaho's reputation for gold and gemstones as well as its many wilderness areas, there is no shortage of day trip destinations and weekend getaways. Within Just a few hours’ drive from Boise, there are recreation areas to camp, boat, fish, hike, ski or simply luxuriate at a lakeside spa. One of the favorites is Coeur d’Alene which offers hotels and condominium options along with a resort that sits right on the lake. In addition, Silverwood Theme park is just about 20 minutes outside the city. A fun amusement and water park geared for all ages. Another hot spot is Ketchum, home to Sun Valley Resort and the final resting place of Ernest Hemingway, world-famous adventurer and author. Fun fact, Ernest Hemingway wrote a portion of his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls in his room at the Sun Valley Lodge. Sun Valley offers year-round activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, gondola rides down the mountain, world-class ice shows and of course, a variety of wintertime activities. Whether you like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snowmobiles and horse-drawn carriage rides, the plethora of options makes it hard to choose. Another stop is McCall which is a short two-hour drive North of Boise. The small town sits on the shores of Payette Lake and during the summer the lake is adorned by wakeboarders, water skiing, wave runners, and swimmers alike. In the winter, lodgers stay in town to ski and sled at the neighboring mountains during the day than snuggling by a firepit at night.
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